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  •  yea, but how do insulin manufacturers keep prices (2+ / 0-)
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    rini6, BlueMississippi

    So high?  

    •  I don't think that people have much choice (1+ / 0-)
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      They have to pay. And if you have insurance, I think it's usually one of the things that's mostly covered (I could be wrong) The market system doesn't work when you're dealing with medications or with healthcare in general. There is nothing bringing prices down. That's why medical costs are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy.

      An eye for an eye and the whole world will be blind.

      by rini6 on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:35:06 AM PST

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    •  Designer insulin analogues (1+ / 0-)
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      actually much better than the old cow or pig insulins which people often developed antibodies to.  But designing new analogues keeps things under patent protection.

      Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

      by barbwires on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 07:54:30 AM PST

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    •  I think it has to do with (1+ / 0-)
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      special permission to not let patents expire so it can go generic. But the test strips! I don't get it either. I have insurance but the deductible and the co-pays are so high that I often don't treat myself as much I need.

      The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right. Mark Twain

      by BlueMississippi on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:14:37 AM PST

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      •  IIRC (1+ / 0-)
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        Insulin is a biologic drug, and that manufacturing process is different than other drugs. Therefore, insulin is not afforded the same privileges as other generics.

        The FDA has yet to put forth a guidance for the approval of generic insulin.

        •  novolin has been around for a very long time - (0+ / 0-)

          and it is inexpensive.  lantus, if i remember correctly, is a one shot a day insulin where novolin requires twice a day and testing.

          the strips and readers for relion are very inexpensive - there is NO reason for testers to be priced like the original calculators that cost $350 or the first cell phones that cost $1500 each (i know, i had one).

          the companies that charge high prices do it because they can.  diabetics don't have a choice NOT to test or buy insulin, so the "supply and demand" issues are moot.  the "captive audience" issue is very much alive!

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